Net Zero Nuclear, an initiative that debuted earlier this month at the World Nuclear Symposium in London, has named GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) its initial corporate sponsor. The announcement was made Wednesday at the Atlantic Council’s Nuclear Energy Policy Summit in New York.
Co-launched by the World Nuclear Association and Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), Net Zero Nuclear advocates for a tripling of global nuclear capacity to help achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The initiative has received support from the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Atoms4NetZero and from the U.K. government, whose Department for Energy Security and Net Zero became the campaign’s first government partner at the September 6 launch event.
In the lead up to COP28—to be hosted by the United Arab Emirates in Dubai from November 30 to December 12—Net Zero Nuclear “aims to bring together political leaders and industry to engage in data-driven, actionable, solutions-focused dialogue to enable the rapid expansion of the global nuclear fleet and the acceleration of research and development into emerging nuclear technologies,” according to an ENEC press release.
Power partners: “The announcement of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy as Net Zero Nuclear’s first corporate partner is welcome news, bringing to the effort one of the nuclear industry’s most capable leaders and building on our momentum towards COP28,” said Mohamed Ibrahim Al Hammadi, ENEC’s managing director and chief executive officer. “To triple global nuclear capacity by 2050 and reach net zero, we will require unprecedented collaboration among government, industry leaders, and civil society. We are delighted that GE Hitachi shares Net Zero Nuclear’s vision and look forward to working closely with them towards our platform objectives.”
Jay Wileman, GEH’s president and CEO said, “We are honored to join Net Zero Nuclear and help elevate the role of nuclear in solving the trilemma of delivering more sustainable, reliable, and affordable electricity. Nuclear power is critical to decarbonizing the energy sector and achieving the net-zero carbon emission goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. We are investing in advanced nuclear technologies like the BWRX-300 small modular reactor and Natrium to provide carbon-free, flexible, dispatchable electricity while also helping nations meet energy security goals. We appreciate the leadership of the U.S.-UAE Partnership for Advancing Clean Energy initiative and the collaboration toward a swift and smooth energy transition.”